How does online learning work at New England College?

At New England College, we’ve designed our dynamic online programs to give you the best of both worlds: a respected credential from a regionally accredited private college, and the flexibility and convenience of an interactive virtual classroom. Here’s what you can expect from your online learning experience:


Online Classroom

NEC’s online learning platform features media-rich content, including informative video lectures, podcasts, interactive exercises, chat rooms and discussion boards.

Flexible Schedule

Access course content anytime, anywhere, and consult and collaborate with classmates and professors in real-time via email and chat room.

Weekly Assignments

With everything just a click away, you can schedule your weekly class assignments on your calendar and track your progress.



From virtual study groups to live discussions, you’ll interact and collaborate with your peers on projects and share your experiences and successes.


Our faculty of highly credentialed professors and real-world experts will provide you with individualized attention and feedback via our online learning platform.

A Day in the Life

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BS Accounting

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BA Criminal Justice

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Judilyn M.

BS Healthcare Administration

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Interview Questions

Q: Walk us through a typical day of getting your coursework done. Balancing work and school, how did you get it all done?

A: So for my coursework, I scheduled it within a week. Monday and Tuesday I got all my readings done. This was between work, so I’d usually do the readings before my shifts or afterward and then Wednesday was the discussion boards. And then I would usually get the homework done on Wednesday night after the discussion boards. They usually have tests due every Sunday, so I’d try to get them done Friday afternoon or Saturday morning so I had the weekend to myself.

Q: Why did you choose NEC?

A: I wanted to get back into school, get the degree. I want to take a different step. I’ve been in theater for about 10 years now. I started really young with it and I wanted to try some new experiences, so I thought I should get a new degree at a different college. And I wanted to try accounting. I knew accounting was very flexible. I knew I could get many different jobs in many different fields because everyone needs someone to crunch numbers.

Q: What tips can you share about how you stayed on track?

A: You have to be very dedicated to the classroom. It’s all online and sometimes you want to go on a different tab and start playing games or music or something. What I would do is write down all my assignments on a piece of paper for the week and then I would actually turn off my internet when I was doing classwork so I wouldn’t get distracted by technology. I would find a quiet place in my apartment, sit down, do all the readings, do all the bookwork, and then I’d log in and turn everything on, or turn everything in.

Q: What advice would you give other students considering enrolling with NEC?

A: Be very open to new experiences and be very dedicated to what you want to do. It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to work online. The program is pretty fast, it’s a little rigorous, but it’s worth it in the long run. Have a support system in case things get a little tough to keep you going. I know it’s easy to just call in and say, “I quit, I don’t want to go on anymore,” but stick with it and you’ll be graduating like I am.

Q: Walk us through a typical day of getting your coursework done. Balancing work and school, how did you get it all done?

A: New England College was wonderful for me because of my busy schedule. I have four children between the ages of 10 and 15 at home, and a husband who runs a company. I work full time and I also have a hobby farm at home that I take care of. We’re very busy. So New England College was perfect for me. All the assignments were due on Sunday evening and the kids knew when I was going to lock myself into my bedroom and finish all my coursework, and the program was very conducive to that.

Q: Why did you choose NEC?

A: When I first started doing research on online colleges, I didn’t want to get caught up in being just a number. And I felt like I wasn’t a number at New England College. When I contacted them and they sent me the information, I fell in love with the campus. Even though I wasn’t physically there, I sort of felt like I was. My coordinator was fantastic; she walked me through everything. This is my first time on campus and I love it, but I feel like I’ve been a part of it this whole time.

Q: What tips can you share about how you stayed on track?

A: To get everything finished and in on time wasn’t always easy, but I never missed a deadline. I enjoyed my classes. After church on Sundays, I locked myself in the den and I would complete my coursework and get it in on time. Really just being able to balance your time is the best tip I can give; not putting things off until the last minute. I would work on my corrections and getting everything done, but spreading things out throughout the week made it a lot easier for me, with my busy life, than cramming it all in at the end.

Q: What advice would you give other students considering enrolling with NEC?

A: Knowing what I know now, the advice I would give to students is: If you are looking for a college where you do not want to feel like a number, and you feel like you’re part of the everyday student activities, this college is fantastic for that.

Q: Walk us through a typical day of getting your coursework done. Balancing work and school, how did you get it all done?

A: I work until 5 o’clock each day. When I get home from that job, I normally work on schoolwork for about an hour or two, taking breaks in between. But it is very manageable. I tried to do everything Monday through Friday so I didn’t have to do anything on the weekends, so I can enjoy those. But what I do like about New England College is that I really felt they made the schedule fit for somebody who was a full-time worker. It was a lot of coursework, but not an overbearing amount of coursework, so you truly got to learn what you needed to learn for that week.

Q: Why did you choose NEC?

A: When I researched NEC online it seemed to offer a lot that would fit in with my schedule. My schedule’s very busy; I don't have a lot of time. The credit transfer as well made it very easy for me to transition to take classes with my full-time schedule and still have a life. So it worked!

Q: What tips can you share about how you stayed on track?

A: Some tips that I used to work ahead is I’m definitely a planner. I write everything in a planner. Each week I would make a list of the things that were due and when they were due and I would just work down that list. Cross them off as they were completed and, before I knew it, the list was completed for that week. Very simple.

Q: What advice would you give other students who are considering enrolling with NEC?

A: Stay motivated. Don’t wait until the last minute, but that’s the way with anything in life. Just stay ahead and stay positive. Before you know it, you will blink and you will be graduating. Fun times and just lots to learn.


Time Requirements

Each course is presented in seven-week sessions. Time requirements vary by course, but you must confirm your attendance during your first week.

Technology Requirements

Students must have access to a personal desktop or laptop computer and the internet. View full system requirements here.

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